How to pronounce math
Some of the time I'm hearing ma with the m sound and sometimes va with a v sound. Which is correct?
Either, depending upon the situation.
The word in itself is "math", but sometimes grammar happens and it becomes "mhath". This process is called "lenition". There is more than one thing that can cause this, but the two most common here would be:
- being attributed to a feminine noun, e.g. càr math (masc) / cèic mhath (fem)
- following the intesifier "glè" ("very"), e.g. glè mhath
That's called lenition. Lenition is a very important part of Gaelic. When it is 'math', it sounds like m. When it is 'mhath', it sounds like v.